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Will Glastonbury's Holy Thorn be Tree of the Year?

Glastonbury's Holy Thorn is in the running to be crowned Tree of the Year. Credit: ITV News

Voting has now closed in the competition to find England's favourite tree, which includes Glastonbury's Holy Thorn as one of the finalists.

According to legend, Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of Jesus, dug his staff into the ground where it took root. The hawthorn is said to be a descendent of the original tree. Already knew that? Here are 10 things you might not know about the famous flowerer.

It was nominated by a public vote in The Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year contest.

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Glastonbury 2016 sells out in 32 minutes

Festival goers at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2015 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival have sold out in just 32 minutes.

Emily Eavis took to twitter to congratulate those lucky enough to get a ticket:

It meant cause for celebration for some...

...and disappointment for others:

Holy Thorn in the running for Tree of the Year

The Holy Thorn in Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The Glastonbury Holy Thorn is one of ten trees shortlisted to be England's tree of the year.

In an annual ceremony the holy thorn is cut from the tree at Glastonbury Abbey and given to the Queen.

The public will vote on the final ten - which the Woodland Trust has whittled down from 200 nominations.

To see all the shortlists and vote for your favourite tree click here.

Cutting a sprig from the Holy Thorn for the royal Christmas table Credit: ITV News

Crowds gather to watch for 'Blue Moon'

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Crowds gathered at Glastonbury Tor last night to catch a glimpse of the first "blue moon" since 2012 - and the last until 2018.

The name "blue moon" refers to the second of two full moons appearing in the same calendar month.

It is more important for astrologers than astronomers, marking a time of upset, change and possibilities.

Despite the name, blue moons are usually silvery grey, like any other.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Blue moons are not as rare as myths may say. The last one occurred on August 31, 2012, and the next will be seen on January 31, 2018.

Did you take any great pictures of the blue moon? Email us on westcountryweather@itv.com.

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Dramatic photo emerges of huge fire at Glastonbury scrapyard

Devon and Somerset Police have shared a new picture on their Twitter account of a fire which broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury yesterday,

Firefighters believe the cause was accidental at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

Scrapyard fire believed to be accidental

Fire broke out at a scrapyard in Glastonbury on Tuesday evening Credit: Jo Niinemae

Firefighters believe a fire at a scrapyard in Glastonbury was caused accidentally.

It broke out in a large stack of scrap metal measuring 10m x 10m x 10m at the yard on Thomas Way Industrial Estate at about 7 o'clock last night, 21 July.

The police helicopter issued a tannoy warning residents about the smoke Credit: Jo Niinemae

The police helicopter was called in to warn people to keep their doors and windows shut because of the smoke.

It was put out by about 11 o'clock.

A local photographer took this arty shot of the smoke above Glastonbury Credit: Will Fahy

Crews tackle large scrap metal fire in Glastonbury

Credit: Jo Niinemae

Firefighters are battling a large blaze at a scrap yard in Glastonbury.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the Thomas Way Industrial Estate at around 7.20 this evening. It is believed a large stack of scrap metal, around 10 metres high, is involved in the fire.

The police helicopter is hovering overhead telling people to stay indoors with their windows shut.

The Fire Service received numerous calls reporting a large fire within a scrapyard. One fire appliance was initially mobilised from Glastonbury was, after numerous calls Fire Control mobilised a second appliance which came from Street.

Whilst approaching the incident the crews requested a third appliance, as large plumes of smoke were seen coming from a scrapyard area, this appliance was mobilised from Wells.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed large stack of scrap metal measuring approximately 10m x 10m and height 10m involved in fire. Crews got to work with one CAFS (Compressed air foam) attack jet supported from hydrant, crews also setting up water wall to prevent fire spread to secondary stack of scrap, together with two main attack jets currently being in used.

– Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
Credit: The Fire Service received numerous calls reporting a large fire within a scrapyard. One fire appliance was intially mobilsied from Glastonbury was, after numerous calls Fire Control mobilisied a second appliance which came from Street. Whilst approaching the incident the crews requested a third appliance, as large plumes of smoke were seen coming from a scrapyard area, this appliance was mobilised from Wells. Crews arrived on scene and confirmed large stack of scrap metal measuring approximately 10m x 10m and height 10m involved in fire. Crews got to work with one CAFS (Compressed air foam) attack jet supported from hydrant, crews also setting up water wall to prevent fire spread to secondary stack of scrap, together with two main attack jets currently being in used.

The clean up begins as Glastonbury festival goers head home

Campers pack up their tents and head home from Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The major clean-up operation to turn the 1,000 acre setting of the Glastonbury Festival back into a farm has started.

With the party officially over, campers have until 5pm today to leave the farm and allow the clean-up operation to get into full swing.

Litter pickers begin the major clean up after Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

A litter picking crew of around 800 will spend up to six weeks clearing the 1,200-acre site, which has been left carpeted in rubbish.

Roads around the site are extremely congested, with bad traffic on the A303 around Stonehenge and on the A37 between Shepton Mallet and Bristol.

Co-organiser Emily Eavis described the festival - which has been particularly diverse and controversial this year with a last-minute cancellation from the Foo Fighters, a stage invasion during Kanye West's headline performance and a visit from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - as the best yet.

Meanwhile Avon and Somerset Police said it recorded one of the lowest crime figures it has seen in recent years, with 216 crimes reported compared with 246 last year.

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